Don't Come Knocking (2005) (Germany)

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Don't Come Knocking (2005) (Germany)

Postby hengcs » Mon Nov 28, 2005 2:55 am

Director: Wim Wenders
Cast: Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Gabriel Mann, Sarah Polley

The official website ...

The film made its debut at Cannes Film Festival 2005.
Noteworthy, the entire film is in English.

My thoughts:
-- Without reading any synopsis, I thought the film moves kind of leisurely for the first half an hour or so, but soon the audience will start figuring out where the story is heading ... and for the rest of the film, I credit the film for describing human relationships very well ... it is often "complex", "complicated", and "confusing" (i.e., for the characters) ...
-- I also like the Western feel of the film and in particular, the song, "Lonely Man" ... wow ...
Noteworthy, Earl (i.e., Gabriel Mann) does his own vocals! ... wow ...
-- The cinematography is nice, and a few of the transitions between scenes are memorable ...

-- Interestingly, the title of the film "Don't Come Knocking" is very apt with several levels of meaning ...
... the film will zoom in onto a sign in the protagonist's trailer that reads "Don't Come Knockin' ... If The Trailer's Rockin' " (to highlight the protagonist's way of life ... and also, to lay the ground work for where the film is going)
... Don't Come Knocking?! ... a rejection by the son of his father ...
... Don't Come Knocking?! ... one is so happy but yet so sad to see a returning ex lover again ...
... Don't Come Knocking?! ... need a place for solace? a parent has the door always open ...
... Dont' Come Knocking?! ... hey detective, trying too hard to locate the missing star?! ...
... Dont' Come Knocking?! ... hey audience, got a question or two?! ... trying to understand what the film is driving at? ... go figure out ...

What could be better ...
-- I thought the pacing for the first half an hour could pick up a bit ... so that audience will be keen to know what happens next right from the beginning ...

The last one hour or so is excellent in terms of describing human relationships ... "complex", "complicated", and "confusing" (i.e., for the characters) ...
definitely a watch for those who like drama (as a genre) ...

Re: Don't Come Knocking (2005) (Germany)

Postby justindeimen » Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:47 pm

Nominee for Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival 2005


Sam Shepard co-writes and stars in Dont Come Knocking, where an aging Western star in a moment of alcohol-fueled realisation deserts the production of his latest film to search down his past in order find a new future. Howard Spence is the quintessential lone ranger, no place to call home and a drugstore cowboy at heart, dependent on booze and women to get him through his days. Blessed with a bevy of talented performers and a seasoned director/co-writer in Wim Wenders, the film doesnt quite live up to the expectations set with Shepard and Wenders last collaboration, Paris, Texas.

Its very much the same sort of endeavour, but theyve lost their edge and the understanding of the painful realisations of lost glory and rediscovered pasts, which they had carefully constructed back then. While the truth of their storytelling might be wavering by contemporary standards, the message does not change in their latest effort. Unfortunately, an over-wrought and glaringly miscalculated script hinders the potential that this film had.

Crafted with an awkward surrealism in the setting and its characters, Wenders puts together a effusively insincere and dreary account of an unsympathetic and constantly inebriated lothario whos motivation is never quite clear to anyone, especially to himself. Bogged down with a screenplay reeking of self-awareness and a discomfited atmosphere of pretension, its a stale study of male menopausal midlife crisis punctuated with obligatory regrets and the exaggerated interpretations of its remnants.......

Continued at:

Is this really a German film because of Wenders?

Re: Don't Come Knocking (2005) (Germany)

Postby A » Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:06 pm

Nice review.
Seems like Wenders is losing his way, like everybody is sayiing, but I haven't seen this film, or his last effort, so I can't make a comment.
The film definitely isn't german, though it was co-financed by a german production company. Probably The US are the best bet for country of origin.

Re: Don't Come Knocking (2005) (Germany)

Postby justindeimen » Sat Aug 19, 2006 2:00 pm

Thanks A!

Wenders has a fond place in my DVD collection with both "Paris, Texas" and "Wings of Desire". Unfortunately, while those films were groundbreaking, this film seems like a blurry reflection of his approach. Just got a very 'been there, done that' vibe from the film, which I found distressing for someone as talented as Wenders. Most the reviews I've read had a tinge of regret in the tone and I don't wonder why at all.

Re: Don't Come Knocking (2005) (Germany)

Postby A » Sat Aug 19, 2006 5:17 pm

I have seen Paris, Texas last year, and it was one hell of an experience. One of the absolute best films ever, imho, it simply blew me away. Before this one I had only seen The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), The End of Violence (1997) and Buena Vista Social Club (1999). None of those three were on the same level, but I still enjoyed them very much. Haven't seen anything else, yet.

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